On Monday, September 27th, 2010, the Department of Information Technology (DGI, Spanish abbreviation) together with Cisco Systems carried out a presentation for the University Center for Health in order to show the new telepresence service.
Dra. Rebeca Thelma Martinez Villarreal, University Center for Health Director together with Center staff were in the stand -put up by the DGI- located at the Fundidora Park Nave Lewis facilities.
Visitors received a global explanation about what the telepresence and its benefits mean, besides that, they attended a link with two members of the University of Harvard in Massachusetts, United States of America. They were invited by Cisco personnel in order to verify the system quality.
The device’s objective is that the user experiences being in front of another person, for this reason, the camera has no zoom, besides of being put in a fixed place next to the screen for providing the sensation of having a visual contact.
With this device there can be 12 simultaneous rooms connected to any place of the world and totally free because they get connected through Internet II.
A future telepresence room would be composed by three screens and special audio technology with the objective of feeling the sound next to where it is emitted.
Thanks to its equipment, it can also be useful as recording professional studio where a speaker or professor can record his lectures or classes.
Telepresence wants to make distance lecture easier by removing complicated controls with just one button or dialing a telephone number for organizing a meeting.
The new telepresence system is not just a high definition videoconference because –as we already said- it seems it is carrying out an on-site meeting.
University’s collaboration in this project came up when Cisco Systems approached to the DGI for receiving the necessary net service for the operation of the telepresence and in this way, to present this new technology in the city and in the UANL.